Currently, Cricket Australia has no plans to arrange a charter flight to bring players back home from COVID-19-ravaged India after IPL is doing well, his boss Nick Hockley said Monday.
Hockley insisted that Australian players feel safe and secure in the IPL bio-bubble, but his comments came before it was learned that two KKR players had passed a test for the dreaded virus, leading to a delay in the franchise’s game against RCB in Monday.
Australian peacock Pat Cummins“Kolkata Knights’ teammates – Varun Chakravarti and Sandip Warrier – have returned positive tests.
Mumbai Indian batsman Chris Lin recently asked Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight for Australian players after the tournament ended on May 30.
“There are currently no charter flight offers,” Hockley told SEN radio in Melbourne. “We work closely and talk closely with the Australian Cricket Association, the players and the BCCI to make sure everyone is well and people have full information.
“We talked to the players there and they are usually in a good mood. The work that BCCI has done around the (biosafety) bubble means that they feel safe and secure, and those we’ve talked to usually plan to fulfill their play commitments.
The head of Cricket Australia said that they are monitoring the situation and a decision will be made, but not immediately.
“BCCI came out and said they understood and wanted to support the players to make sure they got home safely at the end. The tournament only ends on May 30, so for now it’s monitoring the situation and as we get closer to the end of tournament, we will have to see where the situation is, “he said.
The Australian government recently banned its citizens from traveling back from India, which is battling a severe second wave of the pandemic, causing thousands of daily deaths.
Australia Adam Zampa, Andrew Ty and Kane Richardson were also part of the IPL, but they took off from India before the ban was announced.
Australia still has many current and former players in the League playing various roles.
Like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith compete as players, while former captain Ricky Ponting is among the coaches on duty. Maxwell recently said that the Australian players would not mind traveling to the United Kingdom with players from India and New Zealand, who will compete in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton on June 18.